A TEENAGE drug dealer has been jailed for operating a “ring and bring” phone line supplying heroin and cocaine on the streets of Leeds.
Kyle Wenham, 19, was sent to a young offenders institution for six and a half years yesterday after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply class A drugs at a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
Wenham, of St Martin’s Road, Chapeltown, has previous convictions for supplying drugs on the streets.
Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, told Wenham he believed him to be a ‘willing lieutenant’ in the phone operation.
He said: “You were involved in the use of that phone and you were using it to direct street dealers and you adopted that role because you thought it was less risky than being a street runner.”
A jury heard that users were able to ring a number, known as the Max Line, to order drugs and dealers would be used to dispatch them.
Wenham was caught after an operation by specialist drugs officers from Leeds District Quartz Team.
Phone records were used as evidence to help link Wenham to the supply conspiracy.
Det Insp Jaz Khan said: “Wenham was the central figure in this organised criminal network supplying heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Leeds.
It is a trade that creates human misery both for users and the communities where these drugs fuel crime and anti-social behaviour.
“A focused and complex investigation by officers from Operation Quartz gathered detailed evidence that saw him brought to justice.
“We hope the significant sentence he has received will help to reassure local communities and send out a clear deterrent message to others who are involved in the supply of drugs.
“Officers from the Quartz Team will continue to gather intelligence from the community and elsewhere and focus their attention on those who think they can get away with dealing drugs without having to face the consequences.”